“BROCCOLI RABE” I exclaimed after spotting it at Vauiso Farms’ tent last Saturday. It was like running into an old friend. Everyone nearby couldn’t help but laugh at the excitement. After many long months apart, I was simply overjoyed to see broccoli rabe back at the m...

Before managing the market, I was a market goer. Yes, you too can be a farmers market manager one day! When I would walk the market, I always had a flexible list in mind. “Salad ingredients, meat to grill, and a dessert,” for instance. I then let my curiosity guide me...

Last week my family and I ventured to the Adirondacks for our summer vacation. Far from our farmers market and usual routines, I admittedly found myself grilling some chicken that I knew very little about. I had no idea how it was raised, who raised it, and what distan...

Can you find something red? How about something round? Maybe something squishy? At Kids’ Market this Saturday, a scavenger hunt will have kids searching for answers! Their hunts will be rewarded with tokens that they can exchange for fruits and veggies at any farmers’...

Planning for market season began the first week of February. Yes, February! We huddled in the Parson’s Center, discussing everything from Kids’ Days to tomatoes, as a cold wind tossed the snow around outside. I ended the meeting with optimism: “It may be hard to believ...

September 29, 2018

“Winter is hungry season.” I often think of Barbara Kingsolver’s quote as I stare at produce in the grocery store come March. The tomatoes are especially tasteless. The broccoli oddly discolored. The peppers disturbingly bruised. And don’t even get me started on the sk...

September 27, 2018

Warm cinnamon smear scones. Juicy local apples. Colorful piles of pumpkins. A farmers’ market offers more ways to celebrate the season than biggest of coffee chains could ever dream up. Squash spiced latte? I think not.

As September winds usher in the crisp air of fall,...

September 18, 2018

“Successful places have to think of themselves as a city – a distinct region and culture.”

I recently read Our Towns, a collection of journal entries by authors James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. The authors visit over 40 cities as they travel coast-to-coast in a single...

September 2, 2018

A scroll through Facebook is an endless merry-go-round of emotional pictures this time of year. The classic first day of school snapshots. Photos of summer vacations now past. New dorm room pics. A blend of excitement, fear, joy, and sadness - early September is a dram...

Between the lazy days of summer and the relentless days of fall are a few Saturdays where the farmers’ market simply shines in

boundless offerings. August cucumbers, squash, and eggplant join the leafy greens we’ve enjoyed all summer long. The fresh corn is piled high....

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